We’re an insights provider and run the region’s leading peer group forums for senior executives. We presently count over 1,500 members, including over 300 regional CEOs from the world’s largest and best-known firms. Together with our Network Partners, we lead the region’s largest executive briefing network, incorporating over 3,000 members.
Our members meet regularly for informal, discussion-driven briefings that focus on topical market and management challenges. Whilst we bring in the region’s best commentators and analysts to lead the discussion, we focus on facilitating peer group insights – sharing ideas and experiences that lead to improved strategy and decision making.
Our forums are backed by the knowledge and expertise of our team, which has decades of in-country, hands-on experience in helping regional firms grow strong businesses.
Richard has decades of experience in analysis, publishing, and consulting in Asia Pacific. Prior to establishing IMA Asia, Richard was Economist Intelligence Unit’s Director for Southeast Asia. Richard presents to boards of multinationals regularly and is a member of SAP’s Asia Pacific Japan Advisory Board. He is also a regular commentator at numerous forums each year, presenting the regional outlook and the implications for corporate strategy. Richard is the editor of the monthly Asia Pacific Executive Brief and most other IMA Asia publications.
Chairman, Hong Kong
Mark has helped multinationals on strategies for government relations, corporate communications, and market entry in Asia for over three decades. From 2004 to 2008, he was Associate Director-General for Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong. Mark’s prior roles have included Vice Chairman for APCO Asia and Director of Japan and North Asia for Business International and The Economist Group. He has also been a member of three Hong Kong Government committees, including the Services Promotion Strategy Group, chaired by the Financial Secretary.
In addition to his role at IMA Asia, Nor is the Chairman and President of Enactus China and also a senior counsellor for APCO Worldwide. He is the former chairman and president of Cargill China, and received the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence during his tenure in 2008. Prior to this role, Nor was the country manager for Cargill operations in Japan and Korea. Nor was chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in 2008 and 2009. He led several delegations to Washington, D.C., to discuss China business issues with U.S. administration and congressional officials.
Bob Gattie brings a wealth of experience in emerging markets and multinational corporate strategy. Born in England, but now Singaporean, Bob has studied and worked in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. After gaining a Master’s Degree in Economic and Social Development from The University of Pittsburgh, he was a pioneer of The African Enterprise Programme, working through the Development Banks of five West African countries. Having opened the Singapore office for a Swiss-owned boutique executive search firm in 1989, Bob later struck out independently under the worldwide umbrella of Amrop, one of the world’s leading executive search firms. As their Chairman for Asia, Bob helped to establish Amrop partner firms in India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
James has over a decade of experience as a business developer in information services and media, having spent the majority of those years in China. He was previously the head of business development and sales teams for the Economist Intelligence Unit in Beijing and the Shanghai Daily. Prior to moving to Shanghai in 2003, James was based in the Netherlands working as a digital marketing consultant at Havas Worldwide. As a Dutchman who spent formative years in Switzerland, Japan, and the UK, James is one of many multilingual staff on our team.
GM, North Asia
Jerry has decades of experience in managing medium and large-scale organisations. His previous roles include CEO of 4MobileDonation, a fundraising platform and community for NGO’s, and COO of GP Energy Group. He has also served as Director of Strategy and Market Development for Sodexo Asia Pacific and Head of Greater China for The Economist Intelligence Unit. Jerry is a mentor on the Hong Kong University mentors programme for second year undergraduates and also a windsurfing trainer. He also is a founding member of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation.
Client Advisory Board
Hellmut is Professor Emeritus of International Management at INSEAD. He is also the Dean Emeritus of CEIBS, the leading business school in China. He served this institution as distinguished professor and dean from 2009-2015, before returning to INSEAD. Both schools are consistently rated by the Financial Times as two of the top business schools in the world. He is a well-known speaker and moderator in conferences, forums, and business meetings such as the World Economic Forum. He is also actively involved in various boards, advisory roles and consulting assignments. Among others, he is an Executive Director and Partner of BAF Spectrum, a business angel firm that invests in young enterprises.
Pierre has lived and worked globally, building and leading multi-billion dollars businesses. Until recently, Pierre was CEO of Triangle Tyre, China largest privately-owned tyre business. Pierre was formerly the president of Goodyear Asia Pacific and led their turnaround between 2004 and 2011, delivering 23 quarters of record financial performances. Pierre’s passion for building winning teams also saw Goodyear named China’s ‘Employer of the Year’ in 2010 and 2011. The business community elected Pierre governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from 2006 to 2010. In recognition of his community work, Pierre has received the Shanghai government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honour for members of the foreign community in Shanghai.
Fraser is the founder and director of AlphaBeta, an economics and business strategy consultancy, based in Singapore. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group, Fraser received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Fraser then worked at the World Bank Group and as a lecturer at Oxford University. From 2006-2011, Fraser was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, working with a range of governments and leading corporates world-wide. From 2011-2015, Fraser was a Senior Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, where he was based in London and Singapore.
Kevin spent nearly 40 years as a highly successful executive with General Motors in Asia Pacific and Europe. Having commenced his GM career in 1975, he moved to Singapore in 1998 to lead GM’s Asia Pacific operations. In 2001, he moved to the UK as vice president of GM Europe. In 2005, Kevin became president and managing director of the GM China Group, responsible for GM’s extensive operations in Greater China. He also was chief country operations officer for India and ASEAN. GM’s annual sales grew from 560,000 units in 2005 to 2.5 million units in 2011, and the company remained the leader among global OEMs for seven consecutive years. In 2009, he received the Shanghai government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honour for members of the foreign community in Shanghai.
Richard ‘Rick’ Payne has decades of experience in starting and building businesses in Asia Pacific, and writing about business challenges in the region. He has launched, built, and managed a network of 11 consulting offices throughout Asia employing 120 people. Rick is furthermore a writer/editor and trainer/public speaker with passion for Asian cultural, economic, and social issues. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt as Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia, Rick co-founded, built, and then sold the Asian operations of a consulting firm with a global reach. He subsequently held a series of positions with that firm in marketing, business development, and management. Early in his career, Rick worked as a writer, editor, and Asia editorial director for the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Called “one of the world’s reigning strategy gurus” by the Academy of International Business, Michael is a leading expert on competitiveness and international business strategy. Michael joined the University of Hong Kong as Sun Hung Kai Professor of Business Administration in 1996 after six years as a professor at the Harvard Business School, where he helped to found the modern school of competitiveness analysis. He is a principal of Enright, Scott & Associates, a firm specialising in strategic consulting for governments and major corporations. He also directs the Asia-Pacific Competitiveness Program at the Hong Kong Institute for Economics and Business Strategy and was a founding director of The Competitiveness Institute.
Simon is acknowledged as one of Asia’s leading macroeconomic analysts. He is the founder and CEO of DSGAsia, an independent consultancy that offers economic and political analysis to corporates and governments. From 1994 to 1999, he was Managing Director and Chief Economist for Asia at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), responsible for developing and spearheading the bank’s macroeconomic research product for the region. Simon currently serves on a number of board and official bodies, including the Council of Advisers for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. He is generally recognised as one of the few analysts who accurately predicted the Asian Financial Crisis.
Gunter brings board-level perspective, backed by four decades of high-level experience in financial advisory work and teaching finance strategy. His current board positions at General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) and Guinness/Atkinson Funds (USA) give him a ring side seat at the transformation of the global financial system. His academic positions have included Professor at the University of Michigan Business School, Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar with the Ministry of Finance in Japan. He is currently Professorial Fellow in Banking and Finance of NBS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
GLOBAL DEMOGRAPHICS I CHINA
When Clint founded Asian Demographics in 1997, he brought a new level of data and understanding of Asian markets to companies. The business was so successful that his clients, who include many of the world’s leading FMCG and healthcare firms, insisted that he expand his coverage to other regions. The business has since been renamed Global Demographics and it provides clients with comparative data and forecasts for demographics, household incomes, and household expenditure for all significant markets in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Clint started work in Asia in the early 1980s and over the next 15 years founded two regional research businesses (both acquired by global research firms). Clint is a highly sought after speaker and regularly presents at conferences worldwide. He has a PhD in Marketing and Statistics from Bath University (UK).
IMA INDIA I India
Over the last two decades Adit has built IMA India into the leading peer group for foreign MNCs doing business in India with offices in six cities and some 1,500 retainer clients. Peer group forums are run for country CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and HR heads with Indian ministers and state leaders attending the sessions and the annual strategy roundtables to talk with clients. Prior to establishing IMA India in 1994, he worked with Lazard India as Vice President & Head, Corporate Advisory Services, and was responsible for the Mergers and Acquisitions business. Adit has advised several multinational corporations towards the development of their India strategy, including assistance in the areas of public policy, entry strategy planning, location audits, competitor analysis, scenario planning, and joint ventures. He regularly provides briefings to Boards of major international corporations in the US, Europe and Asia, and he is a frequent speaker at emerging market seminars across the world.
CASTLEASIA I INDONESIA
James Castle is the founder of CastleAsia. Established in Jakarta in 1980, CastleAsia manages the Indonesia Country Program (ICP), the largest and most prestigious CEO forum in the country. With more than 30 years of experience in Indonesia, CastleAsia is the leader in analysing the risk and rewards of the Indonesian market and advising executives on their best possible options. The company has an excellent track record of influencing policy and other decisions that affect the private sector. James has served as chairman of the International Business Chamber and as president of AMCHAM in Indonesia. He is a Commissioner of TVS Motor Indonesia, a member of the Board of Advisors of Coca Cola Indonesia and of the US-Indonesia Society.
THE WALLACE BUSINESS FORUM I PHILIPPINES
Peter, the founder and head of Wallace Business Forum, has been described as the most prominent foreign businessman in the Philippines, and an important voice for business within government. Peter has been conducting political, economic and business analysis for over two decades, advising multinationals, major Filipino companies, embassies and international agencies. Having covered 4 presidencies, 2 revolutions and some 8 attempted coups d ‘etats, Peter provides a balanced assessment of conditions and forecasts of what can be expected. Peter’s links into government, senior business groups, the academe and various political factions ensure some of the best insights available.
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KABC I SOUTH KOREA
Tony Michell and his team at Korea Associates Business Consultancy (KABC) have been advising multinationals, local companies and the government in South Korea since 1978. Tony is the founding CEO of Euro-Asian Business Consultancy and its sister company Korea Associates Business Consultancy, which provides a wide range of market research and advisory services. EABC operates the Korea Peer Group Forum, which briefs locally-based country managers on economic, political, and commercial developments. EABC also publishes annual studies on chaebols, the success factors for foreign firms in Korea, and the market for acquisitions. Tony is a much sought speaker and regularly addresses business conferences in Asia, the US, and Europe. Prior to establishing EABC, Tony served as a director of Tetra Pak Korea and a consultant to the UNDP, the World Bank, and a staff member of the South Korean Economic Planning Board. His book, “Samsung Electronics: And the Struggle for Leadership of the Electronics Industry” is considered to be essential reading on Korean companies and Korean development.
Intercedent Asia I Singapore
Peter has over two decades of experience working with corporate clients on market assessment and developing marketing and market entry strategies in Asia and the Middle East as Managing Director of Intercedent, a specialist business-to-business consulting and research provider serving companies managing and establishing operations in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Intercedent, Peter worked for seven years as a regional analyst and then Director of Consulting & Research, Southeast Asia for the Economist Intelligence Unit, in which capacity he managed the Singapore branch office. Prior to that, he worked for Lloyds Bank International in the position of Economist for the Far East Division in the head office in London. Peter graduated in Business Economics from the University of Southampton, England, and went on to obtain a Master’s degree from the University of New England, Australia, where he specialised in International Economics of developing markets in Asia.
DATACONSULT I THAILAND, VIETNAM, & INDOCHINA
Chris Bruton, founder and Managing Director of Dataconsult, has lived and worked in Asia for over 45 years (as of 2015). Over the last 30 years he has focused on assisting MNCs operating in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar through government roundtables, peer group briefing programs, research and consulting projects, and a number of regular market publications. In 1987, he founded the Thailand Regional Forum, which has become the leading advisory program for MNC executives in Bangkok. His contacts include prominent political, government, and business leaders in Thailand, Indochina, and Myanmar. He has regularly presented on ASEAN issues at seminars and conferences in Thailand, throughout ASEAN, in Australia, Hong Kong, and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific Region, and in the USA. He is a regular commentator Thai affairs for the BBC and other news organisation.
TASC I TAIWAN
Michael has lived and worked in Taiwan since 1989. During that time he has worked in business development for a major local industrial group; as country manager for a MNC in the food & beverage industry; as an associate consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick; as an independent consultant in the hospitality industry; and as Taiwan country manager for a Hong Kong-based management consulting firm. His previous career experience included operations and business development for large service industry companies in the Middle East, south-east Asia, Hong Kong and mainland China. In 1997 he set up Taiwan Asia Strategy Consulting (TASC), centred on the Taiwan Business Leaders’ Forum (TBLF), an executive peer group subsequently developed to include also the organisation of roundtables and similar conference-type events. TASC also handles consulting assignments for foreign companies and government organisations, chiefly in the areas of market intelligence and assessment, market entry strategies and local economic and industrial analysis.